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Live birds of prey: Christine Peyreigne, a licensed falconer, wildlife rehabilitator, and educator, will introduce the audience to the fascinating world of birds of prey on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. in the Library's parking lot. Peyreigne will present an interactive, educational, and exciting program featuring live birds of prey and reptiles. During the hour-long program, parents, children, and teens will observe (and possibly even touch) different species of hawks, owls, and reptiles that Peyreigne trains and rehabilitates. Participants should meet by the pergola at the Library's entrance by the parking lot. The entirety of the program will take place outdoors; dress accordingly.

The Sustainable Herbs Project: Herbs add zest to recipes and are the source of natural botanical medicine. On Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lamb Room, author and anthropologist Ann Armbrecht will discuss The Sustainable Herbs Project, a multimedia platform built to educate consumers about quality, sustainability, and social justice in the botanical industry.

Edible Nutmeg on the Road: Edible Nutmeg magazine, which highlights regional food and drink across Connecticut, is announcing a new food-centric video series, “Edible Nutmeg on the Road,” a unique collection of short, inspired videos that celebrate local farmers and purveyors incorporating humor and interviews. The video series is co-sponsored by Walter Stewart’s Market and hosted by Food Network star Chef Plum. The debut event will include food samples from local farms and purveyors and take place on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library's Lamb Room.

New president

Michele Beltrano, JD, RN, a New Canaan resident and principal of Beltrano Law of Greenwich, has been elected president of the At Home in Greenwich board of directors. The private, non-profit, non-sectarian organization helps seniors live their lives to the fullest while staying in their own homes.

A member of the New Canaan-based Alliance of Business Professionals, Beltrano brings a unique perspective to her role in leading an organization dedicated to helping seniors. She established her own law firm in 2012, with practice areas in elder law, estate planning, special needs and probate, and is a registered nurse with 15 years of experience in a variety of health care settings ranging from home hospice to intensive care units. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Eastern Michigan University and received her law degree from Pace University School of Law in White Plains, N.Y. Prior to starting her own law firm, she ran her own health care consulting firm in Westchester County from 2010 to 2012.

Beltrano was a recent panelist for the program on end-of-life discussions at the New Canaan Library co-sponsored by Staying Put and the Alliance of Business Professionals.

Beware election-

based fraud

Connecticut Better Business is warning about election-related fraud that is being reported across the country. Politics and passion often go together and criminals know that when passion is involved people tend to let down their guard.

The run-up to Election Day offers fertile ground to con artists, who use email and telephone calls to obtain personal and financial information.

With the approach of the elections, residents can expect calls from polling firms, charities and political parties. The situation, however, is complicated by exemptions to the Do Not Call Registry rules. Charities, politicians and pollsters are exempt from the registry, allowing criminals to pose as callers from those three categories. Telephone caller ID can be faked, so it is difficult, if not impossible, to discern with any degree of certainty exactly who is on the other end of the telephone asking for money or information that can be used to commit identity theft.

Here are some of the methods criminals use to engage their victims:

Phony fundraising: Crooks sometimes make random calls claiming to represent a political party, an election committee member or an actual candidate. They will ask you to make a donation. Contact the political party directly or through their website if you want to offer financial support.

Fake public pollsters: They will contact you claiming they are doing a political survey. The first few questions sound legitimate, but shortly after, they tell you that you are eligible to win a prize for your participation. Polls do not work that way. The criminals are not interested in your opinion. They want you to give them your credit card number for shipping, handling or taxes on the prize.

Offers to "re-register" you as a voter: Impostor callers will tell you they represent a political commission and that you have to re-register to vote if you did not in the last election. In this case, they are looking for personal information.

Vote-by-telephone opportunities: There is no such thing as voting by telephone. You may also receive this solicitation by email, too. It is fraud, so hang up the phone or delete the email. Once again, what they are really going after is personal information.

If you are the victim of a pre-election scam attempt, you can report it to the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) at 860-256-2940, at seec@ct.gov or on the SEEC website at www.ct.gov/seec.

Aiding the Library

To celebrate the reopening of New Canaan’s J.McLaughlin at 116 Elm St., the store will be hosting an event on Thursday, Sept. 8. LIght bites and refreshments will be served at J.McLaughlin from 3-8 p.m. and 15 percent of all sales during that time will benefit the New Canaan Library.

Speaker at Waveny House

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be hosting local resident Clif McFeely , founder and executive director of “Future 5 ,” on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 9:45 a.m. at Waveny House. McFeely created a one-of-a-kind program that helps Stamford’s low-income high school students develop a course that leads to a game plan for life.

McFeely will discuss how their workshops, tutoring, speakers and weekly contests have contributed to a 100 percent high school graduation rate leading to college enrollment. “Future 5” offers a year-long college prep workshop in which each high school senior is paired with an individual coach in addition to a 4-month job prep workshop, a community service outreach workshop and other activities.

McFeely has emphasized that “Future 5” receives support from the New Canaan community, including Polly Perkins Johnson, Andy Ashforth, Jack Loop, Christopher Wright, Frank Lyon, Tom Turrentine and Cindy Zeigler and others. In addition to generous individual financial aid from the community, “Future 5” is also supported by the New Canaan Community Foundation, St. Mark’s Church, First Presbyterian Church, the Exchange Club of New Canaan and the New Canaan Artisans .

The organization is actively looking for volunteers and coaches in all areas. For more information on this event or on AAUW, contact Margot Turk at Mgt91037@aol.com or visit newcanaan-ct.aauw.net.